Donor register allows for opt-out

The Herald Scotland | Katrine Bussey

Public Health Minister Maureen Watt said the change would provide a "more modern system which extends the choices people can make".

The new register, which was officially launched across the UK, allows people to sign up for their organs to be used after their death, but also lets them make their wishes known if they do not want to be a donor.

But Ms Watt stressed the importance of people making their wishes known to their families, pointing out that two-thirds of people who donated their organs over the last five years were not on the register.

A total of 41 per cent of Scots are registered as organ donors, the highest proportion of the population in the UK.

There are, however, about 540 people in Scotland who are currently waiting for a transplant operation.

Those who are already registered as organ donors will have their details transferred on to the new register by NHS Blood and Transplant. Continue reading